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Launch Pottsville Finalist – Rage Parade

Roller derby is an inspiration for this startup business.

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Here’s another entrepreneur competing in the Launch Pottsville business competition. Pottsville Area Development Corp. released the video introduction from another of the 10 finalists, Rage Parade. The owner wants to open an alternative apparel and skate shop.

The goal of Launch Pottsville is to develop new business owners in the city. PADCO believes the winners of this year’s contest, to be decided in a few months, will be up and running before the end of the year.

The initial entry field for the Launch Pottsville contest has been narrowed down and the public can learn a little bit about each of the finalists.

Launch Pottsville Business Contest Finalist – Rage Parade

Rage Parade is founded by Clarissa Crist.

Crist says Rage Parade should be an alternative apparel store and skate shop in Pottsville.

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“It’s going to offer different types of clothing to different sub-cultures,” Crist says. “Whether you’re into rockabilly, punk, goth … Rage Parade is your one-stop need.”

The other part of Rage Parade is a skate shop, from skateboards to roller skates.

Crist is involved with the Schuylkill County Scream Queens roller derby team and says that was a big inspiration for her business.

“It empowers women and especially in this community, I feel like we’re really helped a lot of women come out of their shell.”

These videos are part of Phase 2 of the Launch Pottsville competition, a chance for the public to learn about the . The winner at the end gets $150,000 in cash and pro bono services to help start their business.

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During Phase 2, the Launch Pottsville finalists work with local mentors to refine their business plan and goals. They also get a chance to scout some real estate in Pottsville as a potential location for their business.

The contest ends with a Shark Tank-style elevator pitch presentation in front of an audience at Schuylkill YMCA on April 28.

Check out the full video intro for Rage Parade:


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